Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi Review

November 4, 2015 | Amy Davies |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

When you're using the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi in good light, images appear bright and punchy, with a pleasing amount of good saturation and an overall goo impression of detail in each shot.

However, if you examine at 100%, it's possible to see some image smoothing even at the lower end of the sensitivity scale, such as ISO 125. That only gets worse as you move through the sensitivity range, and it starts to become particularly obvious at small printing or web sizes that there's a loss of detail from around ISO 1600, so it's worth avoiding the very highest settings of ISO 3200 and ISO 6400.

The Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi copes well with artificial lighting to produce fairly accurate colours, perhaps erring ever so slightly towards warm tones. If you're finding that to be a problem, you can switch to a more specific white balance setting when shooting in Program mode.

Similarly, automatic metering does a good job of producing accurate exposures in a variety of different conditions, so you should find that you don't need to dial in exposure compensation all that often.

Images taken at the far end of the telephoto optic (5x optical zoom) suffer from a little loss of detail when compared to those taken at the wide angle end of the lens, but it's not too bad when looking at images at normal printing and web sizes. Digital zoom is also usable, especially at small viewing sizes.

There aren't really any creative options to use with the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi, but you can shoot in Monochrome, Bright or Natural. Monochrome is quite a nice look, while you can use Bright if you want to boost saturation and contrast a little. It's worth remembering that as you can only shoot in JPEG you will be stuck with whatever colour way you choose to use.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

 
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Focal Range

The Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi's 4x zoom lens provides a focal length of 28-140mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

28mm

140mm

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-fi are Flash-on, Flash-off and Red-eye reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (100mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (100mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, both the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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